USA TODAY/MMA Nation January 2012 Consensus Rankings: Middleweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 400 UFC 1
2 Chael Sonnen 384 UFC 2
3 Yushin Okami 354 UFC 3
4 Mark Munoz 332 UFC 4
5 Vitor Belfort 310 UFC 5
6 Demian Maia 286 UFC 5
7 Michael Bisping 281 UFC 7
8 Luke Rockhold 263 Strikeforce 9
9 Brian Stann 253 UFC 8
10 Nate Marquardt 204 BAMMA 10
11 Ronaldo Souza 200 Strikeforce 11
12 Hector Lombard 191 Bellator 12
13 Tim Kennedy 158 Strikeforce 14
14 Alan Belcher 139 UFC 13
15 Rousimar Palhares 124 UFC 18
16 Chris Leben 118 UFC 16
17 Wanderlei Silva 116 UFC 15
18 Mamed Khalidov 102 KSW 17
19 Robbie Lawler 102 Strikeforce 21
20 Jorge Santiago 98 UFC 19
21 Chris Weidman 85 UFC 19
22 Alexander Shlemenko 69 Bellator 22
23 Thales Leites 63 Superior Challenge 24
23 Yoshihiro Akiyama 63 UFC 26
23 Anthony Johnson 63 UFC 30

#2 Chael Sonnen vs. #7 Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis

#3 Yushin Okami vs. #25 Tim Boetsch at UFC 144

Based on the premise that all MMA rankings are subjective but that it’s still useful and informative to know who the online MMA community as a whole ranks as the best fighters in MMA, we collect and average the rankings of the top MMA websites to produce our consensus rankings. We compile the top MMA rankings from each of our sources and award 25 points for a first place ranking, 16 for a 10th place ranking, 1 for a 25th place ranking. A formula is used to "normalize" the data so all fighters are awarded points from those lists that do not include a full 25 fighters. This formula ensures that each ranking site awards the same number of total points regardless of how many fighters they choose to rank. Each fighter’s total is divided by the number of possible points to determine their standing in the Consensus Rankings.

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